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Surrey Accessible Countryside, Sport and Disabled Organisations

Disabled Access, Wheelchair walks, Easy Access, Access for All, Mobility, Walks on Wheels, Miles without Stiles - whatever the term the following is all about accessibility to the countryside and green spaces of Surrey

Walks Greenspaces and Countryside

Alice Holt Forest - The Easy Access Trail and some wider trails can be used by those with wheelchairs or pushchairs.

Blanchmans Farm - A 1 km path suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs. The entrance from the car parking area off Limpsfield Road has a wheelchair accessible gate operable by a RADAR key.

Blackwater Valley Path - The path surface varies from unmade single track to wide surfaced - "multi-user" sections that are suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs and buggies and bicycles.

Chertsey Meads - Hard surface pathways suitable for wheelchair users and buggies run from each car. 71 hectares, which lies between the River Thames and River Bourne. Park to the closest picnic area.

Devil's Punch Bowl - There is a 300m easy access circular route, from the car park to a sandstone viewing platform, which gives a superb panorama out over the hills of the Devil's Punch Bowl.

Easy walks around Surrey - 24 walks listed, with details.

Esher Common - Easy Access Trail. A 500 metre level trail which begins at the Blackhills car park off Portsmouth Road. The route continues through deciduous woodland and across an area of open heathland to Black Pond.

Farnham Heath - Large, flat, grass car park and wheelchair-accessible toilet and café facilities are available at the Rural Life Centre. One bench on the 'Orange' and 'Purple' routes. All pedestrian gates on site are designed to be operable by wheelchair users.

Fox Corner Community Wildlife Area - Wheelchair and pushchair access

Francis Corner - Easy Access Trail. Hard surfaced tracks, with some steep slopes. The 5 km route would take about two hours at an easy pace.

Frensham Common - A 450 metre 'Easier Access' loop suitable for wheelchair users/pushchairs.

Guildford Cathedral - All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors

Horsell Common - A pleasant circular route from the car park, off Shores Road, through woodland and heathland to the sandpits at the centre of the Common. The sandpits are the landing place of the Martians in H G Wells' "War of the Worlds". The path is wide and generally level with no steep gradients, suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Kew Gardens - Charges - The footpaths and the majority of buildings in the Gardens are suitable for wheelchairs. The terrain across the whole of the Gardens is generally flat, with tarmac paths in most places.

Lakeside Park - There are wheelchair accessible paths which form circular routes.

Leatherhead Riverside Walk - Path most suitable for people using electric wheelchairs or scooters. There are however, many sections of the path which can be navigated with a manual wheelchair - either solo or with assistance.

London Loop - Nonsuch Park - The most accessible section lies within Nonsuch Park. Circular routes following surfaced paths are available.

Marden Park - Two linear routes: one in a northerly direction from the gate along the public bridleway. The surface is good but there is a moderately steep gradient which may make the path difficult for manual wheelchair users but accessible for scooters. The views are good.

Newlands Corner - There is a waymarked Easy Access Trail on surfaced paths starting with a resting place to the east of the buildings. The gentle slope may make it difficult for a manual wheelchair user on their own. A mobility scooter is available for hire.

Norbury Park - Fairly level and good surfaces from Crabtree & Fetcham car parks. Steep climbs from Young St. Disbaled parking and wheelchair access to Bocketts Farm.

Priory Park (Reigate) - accessible toilets and nappy changing facilities - ACE note there are no details of accessibility to the site on the council website but we understand it is accessible

Reigate Hill - Car park owned by the National Trust. Access from Margery Lane car park via footbridge over M25. Magnificent views from the top of Reigate Hill and Colley Hill from reasonably level unmade paths. The slope from the car park is a lengthy but gradual incline. Refreshments and accessible toilet facilities at nearby Wray Lane parking area.

Richmond Park - Accessible - Please see the Disabled Go website for details

River Wey and Godalming Navigations and Dapdune Wharf - Tea-room , Mobility parking, toilets, accessible towpath.

Royal Common - The easy access route follows a predominantly flat metalled track southwards across Royal Common from the parking area. Distance: 1-2 miles

Silent Pool and Sherbourne Pond - A popular place to visit since Victorian times. A viewing platform enables easy access to the pond.

Witley Common - "The Soldiers Stroll" is a 30 minute walk around Witley Common waymarked with yellow posts. Manual wheelchair users may experience difficulties as the paths are unsurfaced and undulating. Accessible toilet, RADAR key required.

Country Parks

Box Hill (N.T. Country Park) - Separate parking, 30 yards. Building - Level entrance. 1 wheelchair Grounds - Accessible paths to viewpoint and along length of North Downs Way

Horton Country Park - Two circular walks on surfaced paths which can be a bit bumpy for manual wheelchair users.

Lightwater Country Park - Full access for disabled persons and hearing induction loop available. Easy access trail.

Nature Reserves

Lingfield (Local) Nature Reserves -The paths are either hardstanding, suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs, or grass paths through the meadows.

Riverside Nature Reserve - A way marked trail has been constructed which includes sections of boardwalks going across wetland and through marshes, much of which has access for wheelchairs.

Other Useful Links

Action For Carers (Surrey) - is lead by carers, run by an executive committee of carers and supported by professionals from Health, Social Services and the voluntary sector

Carers of Epsom - offer free support to Carers in Epsom, Ewell and Banstead. We also offer a back care advice service for Carers, covering mid-Surrey.

Carers Support Woking - provide a number of services to adult Carers in the local borough

DAiSY - Disability Arts in Surrey - a membership organisation, which promotes, champions and celebrates the work and inclusion of disabled artists in Surrey.

Epsom Riding for the Disabled Association - We have over 200 regular riders and over 100 volunteer helpers

QEF works with people with physical and learning disabilities or acquired brain injuries to gain new skills and increase independence

Queen Elizabeth's Mobility Service in Carshalton - have a fleet of passenger wheelchair-accessible vehicles, which are available for hire, primarily for people who have motor neurone disease, offer you the opportunity to test drive a range of our adapted vehicles with an experienced approved driving instructor, assess for wheelchair provision and more.

Richmond Mencap exists to improve the lives and opportunities of children, adults and families who use learning disability services in Richmond, Surrey, East Twickenham

SDPP is an organisation of disabled people for disabled people. "We provide a range of services including advocacy" - Surrey

Stile Free Walks - Surrey - stilefree.co.uk is trying to bring together a list of walks that are known to be stile free. Many of the people who are interested in stile free walks are specifically looking for walks that are pushchair, buggy or wheelchair friendly, so some walks that are more suitable are tagged as such.

Surrey Coalition of Disabled People - The Surrey Coalition is run and managed by disabled people for disabled people.

Surrey Greenspace Project - Pram Waks / Health Walks

Surrey Young Carers - Supporting young people who are caring for a family member who have a drug / alcohol problem, or a physical or mental disability

Social Information on Disability (SID) is a charity providing web-based disability related resources and services for the public and for organisations - Surrey

The Grange At Bookham - helps people with disabilities achieve their potential and live independent and fulfilling lives, by offering high quality housing and training, and by encouraging our clients find paid or voluntary work.

The Surrey Hubs - a network of drop-in shops on local high streets for information, advice, advocacy and other services about care and support.

Voluntary Association for Surrey Disabled (VASD) - provides specialist equipment for disabled people to purchase or on loan. VASD also provide wheelchair accessible holidays on the Sussex coast in our specially adapted holiday properties.

 

Sport

BEES (Boccia Ewell and Epsom) - Venue - Blenheim High School

Challengers Swim Club - Swimming lessons for disabled children and young people run by qualified swimming teachers - Surrey Sports Park Guildford

Surrey County FA - Disability Football

Surrey Golf Partnership - Feel Inspired - This project is for people with disabilities. We will cater for any age or disability, so please get in contact if you would like to be involved.

Surrey Rams Wheelchair Basketball Club - The Surrey Rams has been going since 2010, we are a wheelchair basketball club for children aged 10-18.

Reigate & Redhill YMCA Boccia - Venue - Reigate & Redhill YMCA - Phone - 01737 779979 (no website)

Woking Blackhawks Basketball Club - Wheelchair Basketball for Surrey and Hampshire

 

tourist.me.uk/surrey - a tourist info site for Norfolk which includes some brief disabled access details for visitor, heritage and nature attractions

 

Last updated Oct 15th 2014

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